Homemade Sausage Rolls

C’mon everyone loves a good sausage roll from time to time right? However they seem to have a bit of a cheap, bland and old fashioned reputation these days. Which is a shame, because I actually think they are a fantastic party food treat. Now, I am talking homemade sausage rolls and not ones bought from your local supermarket! I know you’re probably thinking, gosh making sausage rolls sounds like such a faff, but trust me it’s super simple to prepare and you’ll be impressed with these tasty bites – and so will your guests.

To make homemade sausage rolls all you really need is two main ingredients; puff pastry and the sausage of your choice, plus about 10 minutes of preparation time and voila! I personally really like using pork in my sausage rolls, especially Spanish Chorizo because I think the spiciness adds a modern punch to them! For a friends’ party recently I made two kinds of sausage rolls; one using Chorizo and one using Pork & Apple sausages. They both went down a treat and were gone in a matter of seconds! Check out the super simple recipes below..

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Chorizo & Fennel Sausage Rolls

  • Chorizo Sausage (uncooked)
  • Pre-made Puff Pastry (Super handy this stuff! You can buy it frozen or fresh, Ensure you de-frost the pastry before using if bought frozen)
  • 1x Egg, slightly beaten
  • Fennel Seeds

Pork & Apple  Sausage Rolls with Fennel and Paprika

  • Pork and Apple sausages (I used M&S Pork and Bramley Apple ones) but any other sausage of your choice would be absolutely fine!
  • Pre-made Puff Pastry
  • 1x Egg, slightly beaten
  • Fennel Seeds
  • 1x tbsp Paprika spice

Method for both:

Preheat oven to 200C. Gently peel / cut the skin of your sausages. Take one sheet of puff pastry and place the chorizo or pork sausage meat along the long side and brush the beaten egg mixture next to it. With the simple pork sausages I would recommend sprinkling the sausage meat with some fennel seeds and paprika spice for some extra flavour, or feel free to experiment with any other spices and seeds you fancy!

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Now fold the pastry so one side aligns with the eggwashed line and cut along that line. Seal the edges with a fork, brush with eggwash and sprinkle with fennel seeds. Cut the roll into individual pieces and transfer the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Then repeat the process with any remaining pastry and sausage. Bake at 200C for approximately 15 minutes or until golden and puffed. Serve (warm or cold) with tomato sausage, ketchup, BBQ sauce, or chilli sauce for dipping!

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Told you it was super easy and don’t they look delicious? Hope you like this recipe for my homemade sausage rolls and do let me know if it was a hit at your next party!

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Hello everyone! Mid-week again, even though for me there’s no real ‘hump’ to get over this week because I am currently on holiday. Well not really on holiday, but I have some time off between jobs so have gone home to the Netherlands for a week to relax and spend some quality time with my family. After a hectic few weeks, some R&R and quiet time with people that I love is just what my soul needed.

Quiet time also means; lots of time to think. I’ve realised that in life it is really all about your attitude! My dad’s favourite saying is “Make the most of it!” and I think that’s such great advice. All you can do is making the most of everything that comes your way and having a positive attitude. “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure. Change your attitude. Change your world.” So even when you are given a difficult situation, simply turn it in to an adventure :)

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“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past; we cannot change the fact that people behave in a certain way; we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is to play on that one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.” – Chuck Swindoll

Happy Hump Day!

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Swingers – A crazy golf club

Looking for something different to do on a night out in London? Fun going-out places where you can play ping pong, bowling, sing karaoke or go roller skating seem to be all the rage in London these days. And this winter there’s another fun option for you fun people out there; crazy golf!

Located in a 7,000 sq ft warehouse, Swingers London opened this month in the heart of Shoreditch and it contains a 9-hole crazy golf course plus two cocktail drenched Clubhouse bars, and a diner serving street-food from some of London’s most exciting vendors.

Me and a friend decided to check out this funky new hang out in London last week for a game of crazy golf, a few drinks and hopefully plenty of laughs.  Swingers is hidden away in a little street between Liverpool St and Shoreditch station and after trying to navigate our way there on a wet and windy evening we were glad to step inside the warehouse finding a warm, cozy and buzzling mini golf course!

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First up – drinks at the bar! At Swingers they have a DJ playing tunes every night until 12.30am to get you pumped plus a constantly rotating roster of street vendors to fuel your tummy before or after a game of crazy golf. We got some wines from the bar, and after a quick catch up headed to the start of the course to collect our score card and golf clubs.

The course itself – a sporting paradise of wood and plants will take around 45 minutes to complete and includes water features; extreme dog legs; tunnels; a bridge; a loop-the-loop; plus marshalls on hand to deliver you drinks (and give you handy tips) on the course. GAME ON!

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We had such a laugh making our way around the course, some holes going better than others. Overall we were both pretty happy with our scores; Me 29 – Chrissy 32. But really it wasn’t a competition (I won, I won!!) Sorry the competitiveness in me sneaked out for a second there haha ;) After the crazy golf ‘work-out’ we felt pretty hungry so we decided to check out the street vendors on offer that night; When Mac Met Cheese and Pizza Pilgrims.

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Pizza Pilgrims won and we ordered the Portobello+Truffle and Nduja pizzas, made fresh from their small street van complete with pizza oven! Can we have some extra truffle oil with that please, ooooommmmggggg…

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Best pizzas I’ve tasted in a little while! Aside from their street vans, which can often be found at food markets and festivals, Pizza Pilgrims also have two restaurants near Soho. I’ve been to the one on Dean Street and can definitely recommend a visit!

We had a great night at Swingers and I also think it would be a perfect place to go on a date; have a few drinks, enjoy some delicious food and play crazy golf to break any possible date awkwardness (plus it gives the guy, or you for that matter, a chance to show off his sporting abilities haha).

There are two ways to buy tickets for Swingers:
1. Advance golf tickets – which you can buy online £10 // These tickets allow you to buy your entry (£3) and golf (£8) in advance and get a £1 early-bird discount!
2. Ground passes – which can buy in advance online, or on the night £3 // Swingers isn’t just for people who want to play crazy-golf. You can come to soak up the fun atmospthere, for good times and yummy food, plus if you change your mind or get tempted by the course, they do hold back golf tickets every night for walk-ups.
For more detailed booking information click HERE.

7-11 Hearn Street (Off Curtain Road)
London EC2A 3LS
Twitter: @SwingersLDN

Swingers will be around for just three months (until the 20th December) and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm until 12.30am. So book now to ensure you don’t miss out!

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Lucky 7 Diner in Notting Hill

Burgers are quite the it concept in the restaurant and foodie industry at the moment. Diners, burger joints and street stalls have pretty much popped up all over London in the last few years. However one burger place that’s had a cult following for years is the Lucky 7 Diner in Notting Hill.

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Lucky 7 Diner part of Tom Conran’s restaurant empire, with the others being Crazy Homies (one of my favourite mexican places), gastropub The Cow and Tom’s Deli – all of which are located in Notting Hill. Lucky 7 is a great little diner that’s actually very authentic to how they are in the USA. It’s pretty tiny and only has 6 booths, each seats around 4-6 so that means you will need to share if you are 2 or 3 people. They are known for their great American- style breakfasts (by that I mean delicious pancakes and huevos rancheros) plus their kick-ass 100% Aberdeen Angus Burgers!

Here some pictures from a recent (late night) visit to Lucky 7 after a few too many drinks at the Westbourne! We’d had a friends leaving drinks at the pub and decided we really needed food and by that I mean of the greasy kind ;) I got the Kalifornian Burger which comes with bacon, cheese, roasted tomato and sour cream. Plus lots of sweet potato fries of course. And ohmigosh it definitely hit the spot….

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Oh and while you’re there,  definitely do check out their milkshakes, which can also be ordered “super thick’ and with extras such as peanut butter and oreo cookies blitzed in!! Ahhh dreaming of a peanut butter milkshake now, damn ;)

Lucky 7 Diner is a proper American looking and tasting  diner in the heart of Notting Hill and I recommend a visit for either breakfast and/or dinner! Plus it is conveniently situated right next to Crazy Homies. So after you finish your burger, you can stop by next door for some super strong margaritas?

Lucky 7 Diner
127 Westbourne Park Road
London, W2 5QL
Phone: 020 7727 6771

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Be afraid, but do it anyway. Live anyway!

It’s mid-week again already! Time is flying by for me at the moment because I’ve only got 3 more days left at my current job. So this means I’ve been busy trying to finish everything off as much as possible – I want to leave with everything organised and ready, not having things a mess! When I finish on Friday (woohoo) I will have a weekend of fun times ahead in London with my friends,  and then I am off to The Netherlands for about a week to get some much needed rest & relaxing at home with my family. Home for me is the ideal place to unwind and feel at peace. I absolutely love being near the beach and because I haven’t lived in The Netherlands for over 12 years, it means I don’t have much of a social life there – which suits me just perfectly haha.

There have been a few up and downs in my life recently and seeing this quote reminded me that you know what? It’s totally OK to be afraid. We are all afraid – of so many different things; like change, being hurt, love, pain or new beginnings & that list could go on forever.

 Be afraid, but do it anyway. Live anyway!

“My whole life I’ve been telling myself “don’t be afraid.” And it’s only now that I’m realising how stupid that is. Don’t be afraid. Like saying “don’t move out of the way when someone tries to punch you” or “don’t flinch at the heat of a fire” or “don’t blink”. Don’t be human. I’m afraid and you’re afraid and we’re all always going to be afraid, because that’s the point. What I should be telling myself is “be afraid, but do it anyway.” Live anyway.”

So, here’s what I know. I’m afraid. I’m terrified. But I’m also excited. The unknown awaits me. And so, although I don’t know what’s ahead and that’s scary. But I am going to live anyway, and who knows what I’ll find. But I can’t wait to find out :) Happy Hump Day everyone!

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